CallBar for iOS 7

CallBar, the tweak that lets you better manage incoming calls, has received a fairly big update to better suite iOS 7. The tweak now features Notification Center integration, which allows users to handle all telephony needs from a familiar location. The update also features a re-designed incoming call screen, which allows you to use your device more efficiently while your iPhone is ringing.

All in all, CallBar for iOS 7 is a fairly massive upgrade over its predecessors from a visual and usability standpoint. Many of the functions remain the same, but the tweak has been laid out in a manner so that it’s easier to use and easier on the eyes. Have a look at our video overview of CallBar for iOS 7 after the jump.

Even though I only have a jailbroken iPod touch, I was able to benefit from CallBar due to its compatibility with both FaceTime and FaceTime audio calls. Of course, if you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone, the experience will be even better.

Users can access all of the normal functions of the Phone app or FaceTime app from anywhere. CallBar allows for true multitasking while managing phone calls.

You may be wondering to yourself how outgoing calls are managed. Simple—an Activator gesture. By default, CallBar uses a tap-and-hold-on-the-status-bar gesture, which is apt given its close mating with Notification Center, but it’s by no means mandatory. Users can setup CallBar to work with any Activator gesture of their choosing.

CallBar for iOS 7 featured

If it’s been a while since you’ve used CallBar, then you owe it to yourself to check out the video above, which showcases its new look and new features. CallBar has been and continues to be one of the most compelling reasons to jailbreak an iPhone. Even iPod touch users can join in on the fun with FaceTime functionality.

CallBar can be found on Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $3.99. Already purchased CallBar in the past? If so, it’s a free upgrade, which is obviously an incredible value. Go get it today, and share your thoughts down below in the comments.

  • iNeedANameHere

    But. I… iOS 8… Told me not to upgrade.. I did. But. I. Whyyyyyyyy.

    • Andy Gostavo

      you were the chosen one …

    • andy

      You sir upgraded yourself…….

    • Antzboogie

      We need new Jailbreak already!! Please?

  • IG: RuskingGonzalez

    Finally !!!

  • CAS

    A little bit late…

  • Delis Encarnacion

    If this had came sooner. I would of never update to the 6 and would of stayed on my 5s :'(

    • Agru

      “Would of” AAAAAAAH MY EYES

      • HooDatty

        Aqua teen hunger force?!!

  • Adam

    iOS 8 is the worst update ever. That is why I am still on 7.1.2 and jailbroken.

    • Why there are always people who say this?

      iOS 6 is the worst update ever: map issue.
      iOS 7 is the worst update ever: redesign issue.

      • Adam

        I am not talking design wise or map wise. I am talking about bugs, brother. This is the buggiest iOS release within all of the iOS updates.

      • I didn’t run into any bugs in iOS 8, and it surely is a lot finished than iOS 7. It feels like that they had just solved serious performance issues when they published iOS 7, and UI glitches could be found everywhere. iOS 8 is a lot stabler in beta, and a lot faster.

        I don’t think little bugs could make the new iOS the worst ever. New APIs and functions certainly make more chances for new developers. No version is perfect, but I honestly believe that iOS is getting better each year.

      • There’s definitely bugs. Every now and again wifi will stop working for no reason (if I’m not mistaken this is a known issue) and every now and again my iPad will respring although this is likely to do with the age of my iPad (it’s an iPad 3).

      • If I were to run into these, I might feel the same as you do. So far, I haven’t got any wifi issues, and since I upgraded to iOS 7.1 till now iOS 8.0, my iPhone haven’t respringed a single time.

      • Niclas

        My iPad air ios8 has had springboard crashes too…
        But early ios7 where horrible with lots of them…

      • Star Lord

        Because

      • adal.javierxx

        yes, indeed

    • therealjjohnson

      Still on 7.1.2 or went back to 7.1.2? Because “still on” kind of suggest you didn’t go to 8.0. And if you didn’t go to 8.0 how can you say its buggy and the worst ever?

      Keep in mind that the tech sites we go to are where people complain about problems etc. It will always seem like a problem is happening because this is the place where people vent problems. I think there are far more happy people with iOS 8.0 then there are unhappy people. Personally i have not ran into any problems so far.

      • Perhaps they downgraded to iOS 7 when the signing window was open still or are like me and have more than one iOS device (in my case an iPhone 5s and iPad 3) one of which is on iOS 8 (my iPad, my iPhone is still on iOS 7.1.2).

      • therealjjohnson

        i thought of that, which is why that was my first question to him.

  • iphone_5s user

    Now if only there was a way to downgrade to IOS 7

  • Blip dude

    Like everybody else: really?? This is just now getting updated?? Oh well, better late than never I guess.

    • Chris Tangler

      it was already updated for ios 7 but had the old interface. now this has been release as a complete overhaul. from what i understand, it was completely re-wrote. probably why it took so long to get the ios 7 look.

  • Varun Soi

    Feeling lucky staying on 7.0.4.! 😀

    • HooDatty

      You should have updated to 7.1.2 when you had literally 6 months to do it. 7.0.4 is dogass slow.

      • XZavier

        or at least should of updated to iOS 7.0.6… since you know there is still that huge ssl thing…

      • HooDatty

        Yep, but apple only fixed all the lagging and craptacular performance on 7.1.1…

      • XZavier

        True I guess, it’s been months since I have seen that version of iOS tho so I don’t really remember it that well haha.

      • Varun Soi

        I don’t feel its slow but,somehow it
        was my mistake that i didn’t updated to 7.1.2..but i don’t feel sad because its nothing slow in my iphone 5s working great!

      • Antonakis Kipouros Nikopolidis

        Same here…. I thought of it on the last day before ios8 release but….THE BOREDOM IS STRONG IN ME

    • Montgomery Tyler

      same here!!!

  • Alberto Espinal

    I feel like the Jailbreak has fallen a little bit since IOS 8 came out, maybe it’s just me, I am one of those that I am in Cydia every ½ hour to check something new and there is not much out in Cydia, maybe developers are saving the best for IOS 8? But not much in Cydia to look!

    • HooDatty

      If you need new tweaks coming out every half hour… Well I feel sorry for ya. Really. There’s so much good stuff available for ios 7 it’s not funny. I must have over 40 tweaks installed, all working perfectly in tandom with one another, and no issues with bugs, or battery life. It’s great! Far better than that buggy crap ios 8.

      • therealjjohnson

        So did you go to iOS 8 and move back or you just taking other peoples word for it being “buggy”? Hard to believe you have up your 40 tweaks for 8.0 and went back already

      • Endriu Andrei

        you keep asking this question :))

      • HooDatty

        I ran every single beta and even the gold master for just over a week on an iphone and iPad. Plus friends and families ios devices. Luckily apple left the signing window for 7.1.2 open long enough that I was able to get everyone’s devices back to a stable firmware.

      • XZavier

        What the heck is everyone talking about with this bug crap? iOS 7 jailbroken has a lot more bugs than iOS 8. Am I the only person who rarely ever runs into bugs?

      • HooDatty

        You must be because ios 8 absolutely horrible. Slow, leggy, choppy, and crashes all over the place with springboard re springs all over the place – all from stock apps on a fresh (no backup) install. At least that’s my experience on multiple iPhones and iPads. Ios 7 jailbroken with so many tweaks installed I get dizzy scrolling through settings is perfectly stable.

      • Alberto Espinal

        I understand what u saying but i know what im saying i completely understand how everything has been in the past and what is happening now!

    • Antzboogie

      I hope they are I cant wait for the iOS 8 Jailbreak!!

      • therealjjohnson

        seeing as there is already a schedule for 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3 don’t hold your breath on a 8.0 jailbreak. It would probably be after 8.3 if at all

      • XZavier

        LOL… I find that funny, thats exactly what people were saying about iOS 7.1.2 and there will always be another iOS update and they will find a jailbreak for each update after a while. So personally I think we will probably see a jailbreak for iOS 8, but it might take till iOS 8.1 since it will take a while for them to find the holes in the security.

      • XZavier

        Oh also with Pangu working on a jailbreak it doesn’t matter because their the only ones brave enough to say that they don’t care about burning exploits

      • Niclas

        You say brave, I say stupid.
        There’s a reason to NOT to burn exploits…

      • therealjjohnson

        When have we ever found out 3 updates were coming in close succession? 8.1 is dropping October 20th. Unsure of when 8.2 is dropping and 8.3 will drop with the Apple Watch. I don’t think we have had these timelines before.

  • romeodesigns

    This is a great tweak Jeff, but one issue I had with it and I’m not sure if it’s common, but while using it on speaker phone or Bluetooth I wasn’t able to turn my screen off to save battery life. The screen continuously stayed on no matter how many times I would press the power/sleep button, so my battery didn’t last as long as I’d like.
    Does anyone else have this issue?

    • WonkieInc

      Eh, similar issue.

      I can’t lock my screen to save battery while using headphones. i try to and it simply ends the call.

    • HooDatty

      No issues here. At least not with this update.

      • romeodesigns

        What does your setup look like?

      • HooDatty

        Which part? I have well over 30 tweaks installed on my 5s… If you referring to this tweak itself, I used the defaults except for the lockscreen. I disabled that in favour of the tweak “cou”, as it places the call answer/decline buttons at the bottom of the screen where they belong. This tweak leaves them hard to reach at the top.

      • romeodesigns

        Ya, call at settings. I like how you’ve paired it with cou, I think I’ll give it another try and disable the lock screen as well.
        -thanks

    • Mut

      I had a problem with the screen not locking after a missed call. It would stay lit until I hit the sleep button. This was fixed in this update.

      The new update does not work well with the SubtleLock tweak. The Call Bar screen is hidden behind the SubtleLock bar covering some of the callers profile picture.

  • Matt

    This is one of the best designed tweaks I’ve seen in a while, let alone the beginner tutorial right after the installation which is awesome. Only issue I had while using it is with notification center on fullscreen apps – while dragging it down the whole notification center shows up instead of just the little dragger thing that should appear. Other than than everything works extremely native-like good.

    • DEEPANGEORGE

      Yep same issue here hope the developer will fix it soon

    • HooDatty

      You’re not supposed to drag it down, just double tap the status bar. Oh and if you use activator, dump that shite.

      • DEEPANGEORGE

        Hmm that’s not the case I think,

        Try invoking NC on full screen apps when not on call then you will understand the problem well I guess

  • Khalid Tahhan

    Another small tiny issue is that pressing and holding the 0 doesnt give you a + sign which makes it impossible to use call bar exclusively without needing to go back to the phone app. This update is on the edge of making the phone app pointless. It really is that great.

    • HooDatty

      The app author must be western. We don’t need no stinkin plus signs in our failed numbers.

      • Khalid Tahhan

        + is used instead of 011 (US) or 00(Rest of the world) to dial an international number dude. you will need it when you expand your horizon outside the country you are in 🙂

      • HooDatty

        It really makes no difference to me. When I need to speak to someone overseas it’s always via audio/video via Skype, Hangouts, or FaceTime and/or by text/email. Why use expensive cellular dialling when you don’t have to? Right?

  • David Hvilivitzki

    While this update is awesome in design it’s missing the key feature to Callbar because now it does not hide the status bar but folds to a small line below it taking up screen space, not to mention that getting such a big answer window during a game will stop you playing, again not what Callbar is for, I really liked the replace phone.app feature but it does not allow to enter the contact’s info or change it not to mention the contact search is extremely slow on my 4s.

    • HooDatty

      Does not allow to enter contact info? Sure it does. Just long press the contact icon and it’ll open contacts right up from callbar.

  • Matt Taylor

    Does this prevent you from ever using nc full screen? Ie the original nc without the callbar features taking up 30% screen real estate… If so, it should be that when you scroll down on the nc the callbar features scroll up and out of view rather than staying static so the user can view their notifications full screen…

    • HooDatty

      It doesn’t interfere with normal use of the notification center.

  • Skoven

    Am i the only one experiencing a VERY transparent callbar?
    When I pull down notification center the transparency becomes right.

    • HooDatty

      Same here. It’s the only “bug” I’ve encountered thus far, but line doesn’t look quite as bad as yours. It’s transparency is halfway a such as with notification center pulled down as opposed to none.

    • Dan

      same here, hopefully they make an option to adjust the transparency

      • Bia

        That might be because, you “might” be using a pirated version.

      • Dan

        paid for it

  • Chetan

    Thanks for the superb video, just one question – does it allow the “tap-and-hold-on-the-status-bar” action on lockscreen and will it allow me to dial my favs from lockscreen without unlocking??

    Actually its very handy thing to do while driving and presently i use Favourite contacts 7 for NC..

  • Andy Gostavo

    it’s so transparent i can’t use it :/ any solution ??

    • HooDatty

      Try changing the icon colours maybe? It’s is a problem that needs addressing though.

      • Andy Gostavo

        still not a solution, i have a 5s with ayeris theme

      • HooDatty

        Ya I know. I can’t figure out why mine is doing it either. I don’t have anything themed other than using chroma (no winterboard related crap).

      • Bia

        That because “maybe” you are using a pirated version

      • HooDatty

        No, it’s probably because I have a conflicting tweak. No idea where to start though as I have so many installed.

      • Bia

        If you have a legit copy, tweet him and figure out what the conflict. Otherwise this is what I am saying

      • HooDatty

        Thanks. I will. Note that I mentioned to the other guy that mine doesn’t look like his, it’s not completely transparent – it’s like halfway between clear and opaque. I’m not 100% sure but I think it’s something left over from testing a winter board theme before I removed it, as I’m pretty sure I just uninstalled it without defaulting back (unticking and re springing).

      • Andy Gostavo

        the thing is .. yes 🙁 am using a pirated version :'( don’t hate me

    • Dan

      I imagine we’ll get an update soon, seems to be widespread problem

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Awesome sauce, great update.

  • Bob

    iOS 7? What’s that?

    • HooDatty

      The most stable ios release to date. That’s all really. Oh, and it’s jailbreakable…

      • XZavier

        Most stable? Why do I not believe that?

      • HooDatty

        Because you’re a noob?

      • XZavier

        Oh course you would say that, the person who thinks Activator is crap… Doesn’t matter anyway, I am perfectly fine with iOS 8.

      • HooDatty

        Awesome! Good show.

        Activator has always been buggy, in several ways. First, gestures are hit and miss and don’t always work (sometimes taking several swipes to register), and second – it’s a resource hog with memory leaks. Even on my 5s I notice choppy scrolling on the springboard immediately after installing it. As soon as I remove it, that ceases to continue. I bet if you ask others to check exactly that, they’d agree.

      • XZavier

        Hmm, well that is true… I focus on the positive of the tweak tho. Whenever it comes to jailbreaking your most likely going to see a few problems… Your view does have a point tho, it has always been buggy. I hate the new icon for it x_X, but I still love how you can use it tho.

  • Dan

    thanks for th heads up, looks like a mix of ‘Cou’ and callbar, going to buy this one 🙂

    edit: the tutorial at the beginning (when you install the tweak) is a great idea

  • Aurelio Orlando

    Hey Jeff. I´m glad you´re back. Excellent tweak and excellent video.

  • Ali

    Looks nice, but need to have a toggle for a slim version. I doubt the makers will add that option though.

  • پاندا

    with the best memories:
    STEVE JOBS….

  • Jordan Mehmet

    Is there a discount for those who purchased the old version or not?

    • Nelson

      It’s a free upgrade, when you install it, it automatically uninstalls the old version

    • Mut

      It says free in the last paragraph!

  • jalexcarter

    Dang that looks beautiful wish i was still on iOS 7 but had to get a 6 plus. Please hurry with a jb somebody anybody!!!!

  • Kevin Gregory Kennedy

    Does anyone have a problem with ISX installed? Call bar opens but you can not see it as it seems to ‘sit’ behind the ticker and such, this is while on lock screen. You can pull down the NC and it will somewhat work. Big issue for me as I use call bar on the lock screen quite often

  • ilalow

    still on 7.0.4 JB

  • Imran Ar

    The UI of call bar seems more lighter. Would like it more if it had an option for dark mode.

  • Gavin

    Welcome back Jeff!

  • melvs

    iannounce update for ios 7 please

  • Owen

    Looks like shit on iOS 8! Transparency is way too high on this one.

    • Manmeet Singh

      Pirated version has this problem

      • Owen

        Exactly 🙂 you are right!

      • Manmeet Singh

        any fixes found??